Members of the Senior Center attend an annual Christmas luncheon.

The Humble Senior Activity Center provides a range of opportunities for seniors across the Lake Houston area. Director Mari Guevara explained that the center is “not only for residents of Humble, but for anyone interested in participating. We welcome those who are able-bodied and age 55-plus to come to the center, regardless of their residency.”

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the center had 654 active members who participated in a variety of events. The Senior Center provides a string of recreational activities, including bingo, exercise classes, rhythm classes, line dancing, tai chi, coloring accompanied with jazz, crafts and Spanish.

“On Fridays, games are played all day long. A recent favorite has been pickle ball, which I love because it requires physical activity and eye/hand coordination,” said Guevara.

All of the activities are hosted at the center, with the exception of bowling. “Each week, we take those interested in bowling to Max Bowl, which is located on Wilson,” she said.

The center hosts monthly luncheons as well as special luncheons during the months of May and December.

“These luncheons are a great way for our members to meet other members as well as to interact with the mayor of Humble, city council members, and other officials from various City of Humble departments who are present. Many people do not even know that Humble is self-governing and this is a great opportunity to learn more about the City of Humble as well as to meet other people,” added Guevara.

As gratitude to participating members, the Senior Center hosts an annual vegetable giveaway during the summer. “Vegetables are grown in our own garden that is overseen by the parks department,” she said.

Guevara explained that recreational activities are not the only service the Senior Center provides its members. During tax season, volunteers from AARP “use space within the senior center to provide free tax services for our members,” said Guevara. The Senior Center also provides daily bus rides to those who request them (within Humble city limits) and is currently providing essential services such as transportation to doctors’ offices, pharmacies and grocery stores.

Under normal conditions, the center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Due to the recent circumstances associated with the coronavirus pandemic, the Senior Center has unfortunately been temporarily closed for the health and safety of everyone.

“I am saddened of our closure, because a lot of senior citizens find solace in our center, especially if they are without a spouse. Many of our members are alone or are unable to drive, thus limiting their exposure to others. This season has been challenging, but I am happy to provide all that I can. I have managed to stay in communication with many of our members through email and phone calls,” said Guevara.

She added, “None of the members have passed away from COVID-19 to date. It makes me happy everyone is following strict safety precautions.”

Events such as the summer vegetable giveaway and the May Luncheon have inevitably been canceled, but Guevara looks forward to future events after reopening in a safe manner becomes available.

For those over the age of 55 who are interested in future participation, registration is free but required on a one-time basis. Call Guevara at 281-540-7442 for more information.

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